As part of the measures to combat COVID-19, the Dutch government ordered the (temporary) closure of the retail sector to the public, with the exception of food stores and chemist’s stores. In response, INretail sought the re-opening of the non-essential retail sector in preliminary relief proceedings against the State. On 12 March 2021, the Preliminary Relief Judge denied all of INretail’s claims. The Preliminary Relief Judge concurred with the State in finding that the need to enforce the closure of non-essential retail stores continued to exist in full, while, in addition, maintaining this measure was proportionate.
The Hague District Court 12 March 2021, ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2021:2295.